In 1750, John Ross founded a whip making business at London's 238 Piccadilly, which in 1798 was purchased by James Swaine. Before long, the company was recognised for their excellent craftsmanship, given the royal appointment to His Majesty King George III and to his sons, The Prince of Wales and the Dukes of York, Clarence, Kent, Cumberland and Cambridge.

The Royal appointments were renewed in the reigns of His Majesty George IV and His Majesty William IV.

Prince William and Prince Harry with Swaine Adenery Brigg umbrellas Prince William and Prince Harry with Swaine Adenery Brigg umbrellas Image via Ocean Side Post

During the Second World War, Swaine Adeney and the umbrella makers Thomas Brigg and Son’s joined in February 1943, to form Swaine Adeney Brigg & Sons Limited.

Swaine Adeney Brigg's workshop in Cambridgeshire is sadly one of the last leather craft studios in Great Britain.

At Sotheby's in 2015, a collection of canes, riding crops and whips from the late 19th century and early 20th century which included a shooting stick engraved 'MR' by Swaine & Adeney, 166 Piccadilly, London' sold for £8 750 against an estimate of  £4 000 – 6 000.

The same year at Christie's, a set of three Swaine Adeney Brigg 'Windsor' tan leather suitcases, from the late 20th century, sold for £5 250. Both examples proving that Swaine Adeney Brigg's luggage and goods are worthy investments. Search all realised prices for Swaine Adeney Brigg here.

Today, Swaine Adeney Brigg still continues to make iconic wear, including items for the silver screen such as the Poet Hat worn by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones series and props for Kingsman: The Secret Service and the James Bond films. For more information, see here.